Fine Gael hustings begin tonight

The two men hoping to become the next Taoiseach will face off in a debate tonight.

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney will meet in the first of four so-called hustings organised by Fine Gael.

The party blocked plans for TV or radio debates to keep the race as amicable as possible.

But tonight’s event in Dublin’s Red Cow Hotel will be live streamed online.